If you go to Lucky's 13 Pub in Plymouth for lunch, you might be greeted by 20-year-old Tim Strom. He opens doors and welcomes people to his favorite restaurant.
"This is my dream job," says Tim.
Tim frequently went to bingo night on Wednesdays at the restaurant. He went so often and mentioned his desire to work there that managers decided to hire him as a greeter and host three days a week for the busy lunchtime rush.
"Tim was coming into Lucky's every night to play bingo," said Cristi Anderson, general manager of the Plymouth location. "His dream job was to work here, so we hired him."
Employees say Tim has the right personality for the job.
"It gets really crazy in here, so having the extra person being bubbly and greeting everyone that comes in is wondeful," says Shannon Carey, a server.
Without meaning to, Tim is an advocate for hiring people with disabilities.
"It's brought awareness to my staff and to customers that just because they have a disability doesn't mean they are not capable of working," said Anderson.
October is Disability Employment Awareness month, when advocates emphasize that people with disabilities can be successful employees. One set of numbers says only 22 percent of those with intellectual or developmental disabilities are employed.
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